Tens of thousands gather in Jerusalem to celebrate 50th anniversary of reunification
- Author: Leroy Wright May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 16:40
Meanwhile, Abbas and the PA have continued to be viewed increasingly unfavorably by Palestinians, both due to the PA's recent violent suppression of demonstrators protesting against Israeli forces, as well as the authority's "revolving door policy" that effectively funnels Palestinians from PA jails into Israeli prisons, as part of its "escalating security collaboration" with Israeli authorities.
Bethlehem - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated his call for the establishment of a Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital during his 45-minute encounter with his American counterpart Donald Trump on Tuesday.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday condemned a deadly attack at a pop concert in Manchester, England, as the act of "evil losers" and called on nations to band together to fight terrorism. "I extend my deepest condolences to those so terribly injured in this terrorist attack and those killed, and so many families of the victims, ' he said, describing the killers as 'evil losers in life".
"Peace is a choice we must make each day, and the United States is here to help make that dream possible for young Jewish, Christians and Muslim children all across the region", Trump said.
A 45 minute meeting in Bethlehem with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas statements from both leaders after that meeting but no new revelations.
The Palestinian leader raised numerous familiar grievances and demands for a peace deal with Israel, including a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem and an end to what the Palestinians view as the illegal "occupation" of the West Bank.
"The conflict is not between religions", Abbas said.
That's a lot more complicated than it sounds, with a lot of the very basic questions surrounding what a two-state solution would look like at all, and whether Israel's far-right coalition government will even survive the negotiations, with multiple top figures openly averse to a peace deal. "The fundamental problem we have here is the definition of peace", the Florida Republican told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on "New Day". "It's between us and occupation", Abbas said.
Trump visited the Israel Museum and the Yad Vashem Holocaust remembrance center on Tuesday and now heads to Italy, where he is expected to meet with Pope Francis. They're losers. And we'll have more of them, but they're losers.
"The freedom and independence of the Palestinian people is the key to peace and stability in our region and the world, so that the children of Palestine and Israel enjoy a secure, stable and prosperous future". He added that Israelis and Palestinians "can make a deal".